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New Divorce Trends in Michigan


Marriages Slightly Up, Divorces on Decline in Michigan

Fewer people are getting divorced in Michigan, according to new Census data.

About 7.4 in every 1,000 women in Michigan got divorced in 2019, down from 9.3 a decade earlier, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. That is a similar downswing to the one seen nationwide, as the new divorce rate fell to 7.6 from 9.7 per 1,000 women.

The nationwide decrease in divorces came as fewer people got married across the country: There were 16.3 new marriages per 1,000 women in 2019, down from 17.6 a decade earlier. However, Michigan saw a slight uptick in new marriages over the same time, up to 15.9 from 15.6 per 1,000 women over the decade.

Michigan was 30th among all states for divorce rates, while the state was in the middle of the pack when it came to new marriages. The Census data is based on rates per 1,000 women age 15 or older.

The data comes amid what some had expected to be a spike in divorces during the coronavirus pandemic. That uptick has yet to pan out. 

Recent data show divorce is down in four of the five states reviewed by the Institute for Family Studies. Meanwhile, 51% of respondents to an IFS survey said the global crisis has deepened their commitment to their marriages, while 58% said the pandemic has enhanced their appreciation of their spouses.

“When faced with massive social upheaval, we often develop a deeper appreciation for our families—including our spouses,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, a senior fellow of the Institute for Family Studies. “For many couples who make it through this pandemic together, then, their marriages will likely emerge stronger and more stable, and that is a bit of good news to take away from this year of mostly bad news.”

Speak With a Grand Rapids Divorce Lawyer Today

If you have unsuccessfully tried couple’s counseling and are considering a divorce or grappling with related issues like asset division, spousal support, or child custody and visitation, it is vital to have an experienced attorney in your corner. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and resolve legal issues on optimal terms.

At Kraayeveld Law, our family lawyers help people efficiently untangle their marriages and navigate a wide range of related legal issues. A Grand Rapids divorce lawyer at our firm will take the time to understand your unique needs and craft a legal strategy tailored to your goals.

Our attorneys are continuing to assist clients in Michigan family law matters during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although there may be some delays in the legal process resulting from court closures and other factors, we have the technological capacity to continue to offer the same exceptional service that our clients have come to expect.

Call 616-285-0808 or contact us online to make an appointment to speak with a Grand Rapids divorce lawyer about your situation.